Friday 30 June 2023

Let's Have Fun Making Sliding Page Elements

 Hello! I have a new page for you today.

I'm trying something new inspired by someone in my community.

It's a page with sliding elements. It's the first time I'm trying this and it worked so well.

It's worked so well and I LOVE IT!!

For this page I used the Pretty Little Studio - Sun Kissed collection which you can see here. 

And if you'd like to see this page coming together and see how I made this page more in depth, there's a video here. 

We were in Florida on this day, in the Silver Springs State Park. 

We had a trip on clear Kayaks in the Springs and it was amazing. I wanted to capture it all on this page, in my HUGE journal that I recently made.

To make the Manatee embellishments I just googled and printed. Cut them out and then went over in pencil to make them look more handmade. I love how they came out.


I wanted to make them move up and down on the page, so I stuck them on a strip of the paper and made some incisions in my paper that I stuck in my journal and threaded it through. Now I can move it up and down.

I wanted to make another sliding page on the other side, but this time to make more space to include extra photos and journaling.

So I created my regular page and then cut a strip of extra paper and slid it behind my photo. I added journaling to this here.

Then as you pull the strip up, there's extra photos underneath.

And I used another of the cute handmade manatees to the top : )

I also used the little mini alpha stickers here for my titles.

The papers are so much fun, I was also able to cut out lots of bits and pieces to make my own embellishments too.

I love how this page turned out and I had so much fun making it.

I hope you feel inspired today. I encourage you to give this ago.

Here's the video. 

Have fun.

Lisa xx

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Retro Summer - Ephemera mini album

Hello again, I am back again with another project using my new favourite Simple Stories Retro Summer.  This collection is a mix of vintage seaside signs and gorgeous ice cream themes.  

I started with the Retro Sign Bits and knew immediately I had to do something with these gorgeous pieces of ephemera.  This pack consists of 19 cardstock die cut ephemera signs of varied sizes.  I used the larger pieces (approx. 21/2" x 31/2") to make a mini album.

I used a piece of bright pink acetate for the covers and used my crop-o-dile to punch holes into it and to fit some eyelets.  I then used a lot of the stickers from the sticker book, ephemera pieces and even pieces from the element stickers to create the cover.  I've learned to layer items and not to worry that you may not be able to see the whole sticker or whole piece of ephemera.  This has enabled me to create a layered effect on the cover.

The ephemera is blank on the back so I backed the ephemera with papers from the collection to add a little more colour.

On this page I couldn't resist making a shaker, I added white foam tape (which I know you can see) and a piece of acetate to make a simple shaker.  I rather liked the look of the foam tape as it looked a bit like a border and bit like the outside of a swimming pool. 

On the reverse I kept with the swimming pool theme and, using tag stickers, added a swimming pool piece of ephemera from the Bits and Pieces pack and made a little flip to add a little interest.

I continued to decorate the pages with trim and ribbon to add some bulk and who doesn't like pom pom trim!

On this page I used two stickers from the sticker book to again create a little flip.  I love finding different uses for the stickers that perhaps wouldn't be my first choice to make it onto a project.

I have loved how this little project turned out and I hope you enjoyed it too.  Ephemera is not always the side dish it can used as the main course too!  Join me next month for Christmas in July!!!

Monday 26 June 2023

49 & Market Spectrum Gardenia - Graduation

Hello, Karen here today with another layout to share using the new Spectrum Gardenia collection from 49 & Market. One of my favourite colour combinations is teal, white and black so when I saw the B side of the Painted Foundations Ink Splotch paper was a big teal painted circle, I knew I wanted to use it and team it with a photo taken at the graduation of one of my sons where the hood of his gown was teal.

I started, as I do with many of my layouts, by trimming the paper by .5cm on each edge and then matted this onto a sheet of bazzill cardstock. This time the shade of cardstock was 'Rain' which was the perfect for the layout.

Using my sewing machine and black thread I straight stiched round the edge of the layout. The paper has some stitching printed onto it so I also replicated this by stitching round the circle a few more times. It's hard to tell which is the real stitching in the photo but it does add a little more texture to the layout.

I double matted my photo with black and white cardstock and added some 3D foam underneath, but before attaching it to the layout I tucked various bits and pieces underneath. A white tag threaded with black and white bakers twine, some die cut cardstock mesh from my stash and also a teal filmstrip from the pack of laser cut outs were toucked under the right side.

To the left side I added another laser cut out from the collection and more of the cardstock mesh.

I also cut some branches on my silhouette cameo from white cardstock and placed these on the painted circle. 

In my stash I found some very old paper flowers and some equally old black and white polka dot brads. I didn't realise until after I'd finished the layout that the brads echo the dress I'm wearing in the photo, so were the perfect choice.

Using the B side of the Painted Foundations Color Wheel paper I made a rosette and topped this with another very old brad from my stash.

I die cut a title on my silhouette cameo from black cardstock and stuck this below the photo.

Finally I added my journalling on a computer printed wordstrip to the bottom of the layout and scattered some black enamel dots and blue sequins around the layout. The original paper is already distressed and grundgy with black and blue paint splatters but I added a few Nuvo Crystal dots in black too.

I'm still really loving this collection and how versatile it is for so many different layouts. I hope I'm inspiring you to use it in your crafting and it can be found here in the shop. 

Take Care,

Karen x x

Friday 23 June 2023

Make a Splash - Pretty Little Studio - Sunkissed Collection

Hi everyone, Rebecca with you today. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s been scorching here for a couple of weeks now so the pool has been filled and we are diving right into summer! Today I am scrapping some recent pool photos using the colourful Sunkissed collection from Pretty Little Studio. You can find the collection here.

I absolutely loved the centre part of the ‘Relaxation’ patterned paper, but a couple of the colours/patterns weren’t really working with my photo - so I decided to cut the sheet apart and rebuild it onto white cardstock just using the sections that worked for me! I cut out the middle section, leaving the design in two parts - which I then stuck back together!

I’d already selected the title ‘Make a Splash’ from the ‘Iced Tea Words Die Cuts’ which has bold black lettering - so I decided to bring in some more black to add a bit of drama. I pulled out some stamps from my stash and created a stamped background for my coloured strips to sit on. 

With a layer of foam behind my coloured strips, I stuck them centrally on my page. I then added my photo, title and a couple of scalloped border die cuts from the ‘Happy Blossoms’ pack on top  

Not wanting to go overboard and add too much, I embellished lightly with a couple of hearts and arrows, and finished off with some of the ‘Taste of Summer White’ and ‘Taste of Summer Rainbow’ word stickers. 

I love how effective the pops of black are on this layout in contrast with the bright colours and I hope you like it too. 

Make sure you check out this collection in the shop - there are so many bits and pieces with it and it’s such a fun collection for summer layouts.

Thanks for reading.

Take care,

Rebecca x


Wednesday 21 June 2023

Jen Hadfield - Flower Child - Bloomin Lovely

Hi everyone!

How are we passed the middle of June already?! Time is flying by so quickly but i'm definitely a fan of this warmer weather!

I've been spending lots of time outdoors, and of course, scrapping! Today, I'm sharing my second layout made with the new Jen Hadfield collection called Flower Child. You can find it in the shop here.

For this page, i'm focusing on the b side of the Groove Thing paper - I love it! A big statement multicoloured swoosh that makes creating an impactful page effortless!

I fussy cut the stripes picking out only the yellow and orange tones to echo the colours in my photographs.

Before adhering them to my page, I distressed each edge and added a row of machine stitching before raising on foam in a vertical design going from top to bottom.

I wanted my photographs to extend across the stripes, so I chose 3 small photographs and printed them in a single horizontal strip.

To bring in some pink, I double mounted them, using cardstock from the Bazzill Matchmaker Pack and the Fab Flowers paper which echos all the beautiful colours of this collection.

Next, I set about creating two large floral clusters for opposite corners of my photo strip.   To help them stand out, I first applied a small amount of mixed media, adding Distress Oxide in Saltwater Taffy with a dry brush, complemented with a few wet splatters.

Once the mixed media had dried, I started to gather the flowers, using the Ephemera pack and Mini Puffy Stickers to create each cluster.

I added Nuvo Drops to the centres of some of the flowers and punched some small stars from the pink sections of the Groove Thing paper for a little extra interest.

Once the clusters were in place, I felt like I needed something else around the photo. I created some tags using plain white cardstock, colouring them in coordinating Distress Oxide colours to complement the tones of the collection. Here, I used Peacock Feathers and Saltwater Taffy, spritzing with water to create the water marks and adding eyelets and thread from my stash.

As a final touch, I added a few black Nuvo Drops and a Bramble Fox Perspextive for my title.

I hope you've enjoyed the pages I've made with this fun collection - it's certainly been a joy to create with!

See you next month with some more papercraft projects.

Claire xx

Monday 19 June 2023

Cocoa Vanilla Studio ~ Happy Days #2 🌈

Hi all, it’s Anna back with you today! 
I’m here to share my second layout with Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Happy Days Collection. 
It is such a bright, happy and summery collection, I love it! 
You can find it all in the shop here

For this layout I pulled out the Rainbow Bright paper. I decided to trim the rainbow down a little so I had a bit more room on my layout. So I cut the darker pink strip of the rainbow off and trimmed the inner white section of the paper out too. 
I took inspiration from one of the journalling cards and added a sunshine behind the rainbow. To do this I just cut out a circle using yellow cardstock from the matchmaker pack and some thin strips to make the sun rays. 

I cut a couple of the sections of rainbow out and distressed the edges before sticking it back in place again. I then picked a few of the colours to add some stitching to with a matching coloured thread. I used different stitches for each one, matching the patterns on the rainbow. 

I backed my 6x4 photo onto coordinating coloured cardstock from the matchmaker pack and placed it slightly off centre. 
I then fussy cut some florals from ‘Lush Blooms’, some elements from ‘Feel Good’ and some pieces from the ‘accessory stickers’ and tucked them in opposite corners around my photo. 

I fussy cut the word ‘sunshine’ from ‘definitive’ but you can also buy the ‘chipboard stickers’ which are lovely too and mean that you can create your own title. 

To finish, I fussy cut a couple of butterflies from ‘flutterby’ and adhered them to my layout. 

Thanks so much for looking! 
I have one more layout to share with this collection before I move on to a new one.

See you for that soon! 


Friday 16 June 2023

Retro Summer - Ice Cream Truck

 Hello again, this month I have the colourful, vibrant and fun Simple Stories Retro Summer to work with.  For my first project all I could think about was the make a little ice cream van that housed some photos.  This collection made this project a piece of cake!

Firstly I used an ice cream truck cut file from Silhouette Studio to make the ice cream truck.  I used Bazzill Mauve Ice for the base, then cut decorative pieces using Two Scoops, I Scream You Scream and Lazy Days.  I admit that I do find assembling these little projects quite fiddly, however this truck came together quickly and easily.  

I noticed the cut file didn't seem to include a central section for the ice cream truck which would have meant that I couldn't put my photos inside.  I simply measured and cut a piece of card to fit inside and voila a vehicle to hold photos!  I added some stickers from the sticker book for the "number plates" and lots of nuvo drops to make sprinkles on top of the ice cream.

I then took a strip of tags from the Tag Elements sheet of paper and accordian folded them to create a very simple album to put inside the truck.  I used some stickers from the sticker book to add a little decoration to the photographs but I wanted to keep it quite simple.  I added two tab stickers from the sticker book as a little tab to be able to take the album from the truck.

I hope you enjoyed seeing an alternative way to scrapbook your photos.  I think this would make a lovely gift for someone too.  Join me later this month when I make a mini album from ephmera!